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|Setting:||Large Town Setting|
|Size:||Medium (2,000 to 5,000 Undergrad)|
|On-Campus Housing Available:||Yes|
Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, is a private institution that strives to not only provide students with quality education, but also to enrich character and offer creative outlets through a variety of extracurricular activities.
The college offers the unique “Upside Down” curriculum, where students begin taking classes for their major as freshmen, allowing students early exposure to their degree paths, internships, and skills necessary for their major’s completion.
Academics offered at the college include bachelor’s degrees through more than 25 majors in four academic divisions:
*Communication and Creative Media
*Education and Human Studies
*Information Technology and Services.
Two-year associate’s programs are also available. The college also offers programs in new fields, such as Game Design and Computer and Digital Forensics.
Also included in the curriculum is the Life Experience and Action Dimension, designed to provide students with the skills and character required to live successfully.
The college also supports a rich student life, with various clubs, organizations, and leadership opportunities. Some include: student dinners, trips to Montreal, residence hall movie nights, guest speakers, and even a Weekend Activities Coordinator who arranges dances, contest, ski trips, campus tournaments, and more.
Room and board is available, but not required for freshmen. Financial aid is offered to eligible students.
50% of students gave Champlain College 5 stars overall.
I followed a tour guide through thirteen other schools before stumbling upon Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont. I was convinced that I wasn't going to find the place for me; half of the schools I had visited didn't even have the major I wanted. When a friend gave me the link to their website, I had all but given up on my college search. I could tell that Champlain was different from the first time the website’s homepage appeared on my computer screen. Instead of filling their website with needed yet boring words and maybe a few pictures here and there, it was almost like browsing a trendy blog. There were gorgeous pictures of the school, videos covering what students thought about the school, the school's unique ‘upside-down’ approach with educating their students, housing, and even videos covering what the surrounding city of Burlington was like. They also had a virtual tour option, so I knew where the buildings were, what the gorgeous view from the top of the library looked like, and what their refurbished victorian mansion dorms looked like before I even set foot in Vermont, let alone Burlington. For an out-of-state student like me, and an artsy one at that, this kind of stuff was incredibly important. Although one still has the option of reading about Champlain, the videos provide people with the same information just in a more visually appealing manor. After spending weeks of simply reading other colleges websites, the visual stimulation was a breath of fresh air.? “A breath of fresh air” is exactly what Champlain has been for me since my first visit in 2012 (there’s been 4 more and a two-week Game Academy since then). Not only was the school even more amazing in person, the community vibe was outstanding and they offered the kind of education I was looking for. Everyone was incredibly outgoing, kind, and helpful no matter who they were talking to. People seemed to genuinely care about those around them, not only within college borders but within the community. The upside down curriculum, in which you get started on your major directly from day one, was unique enough to set this school apart from the beginning; everything else has just been layers and layers of delectable icing upon the cake. (Speaking of which, theirs is delicious). After visiting this school I’ve found it hard to see anywhere else the same. Having such an impact on someone after only a few visits, I believe, is worthy of 5 stars.
163 S. Willard St
Burlington, VT 05401
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Excellent walkability. You do not need a car for this area.
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|Full-Time Undergrad Students||3,195|
|Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)||3,770|
- Latino: 3%
- African American: 2%
- Caucasian: 68%
- American Indian or Alaska native: 1%
- Asian: 2%
- Unknown and Other: 25%
|American Indian or Alaska native||1%|
|Unknown and Other||25%|
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